miraculously healed by the Atlantic Ocean, there wasn't even a twinge of burning. Now that I know how much my Seborrheic Dermatitis was affecting my relaxer process I'm going to work extra hard to make sure my scalp is in tip-top shape before my next touch-up.
I did not get a trim during my original appointment because I was attending a formal event that evening and wanted my hair to remain curly after the roller set. But I did stop by to see my stylist yesterday and had her dust my ends, which is all it seems to need (yay!).
I had a lot of new growth for just 13 weeks post, but because of "The Hair Cut" and the trim, I'm still at least an inch away from APL. It only makes me a little sad to think of where my hair might have been after that stretch if I hadn't need "The Hair Cut" but I've made peace with it and since I'm aware of the mistakes I made before, I know I won't be making them again.
I don't know how long this next stretch will be, but I'm excited to be on pace for only 4 relaxers this year. I know I can make it a minimum of 12 weeks, but every time I set an extra long time frame at the outset (16 weeks : / ) I never make it, but I'm aiming for as long as possible as always. I don't have any major events coming up (that I'm aware of) that I'd want to relax for so I'm just going to see how it goes. Summer is such an easy time to stretch because I know I can co-wash as much as I want when my new growth starts to dry out as it tends to do toward the end. I'm also looking forward to doing another Henna treatment on my hair, hopefully in the next few weeks. But in the mean time I'm going to stick with my regimen of co-washing once per week and doing a deep condition wash once per week, usually co-wash Wednesday or Thursday and DC on the weekend. That routine seemed to work well during the last stretch, so if it ain't broke...
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For me this is an important lesson in knowing which product is good for a particular task, I love JCS MNS as a clarifyer, but it didn't work for me as a regular cleanser. Knowing my hair products is just as important as knowing my hair. And being able to give my hair exactly what it needs, when it needs it to keep it healthy and growing is what this journey is all about.
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this dryness triggers the skin cells on the scalp to turn over and slough off very quickly--hence the extreme flaking, and the rapid cell turn over prevents new skin from regrowing quickly enough to fully heal the affected areas. Needless to say my extreme scalp issue makes getting a relaxer a very touchy issue, the best course of action probably would be for me to stop getting relaxers all together as the unhealed areas of my scalp easily burn leading to more scaring. However, (call me crazy) I 've always been willing to to endure the irritation and a few burns in exchange for straight roots, especially since I started stretching my relaxers further and further apart. That may not make sense to others, but its just the way its always been for me, so I deal with it.
And then one day it all stopped. I've been hesitant to write this post for fear of jinxing my current remission, but I'm so excited about the current state of my scalp I can't keep it to myself anymore. Since returning from my vacation in the Virgin Islands earlier this year, I have had zero scalp issues. No itching, no extreme dryness, and best of all no flaking severe or otherwise, absolutely none at all! I'm not sure what happened, but I think it may have had something to do with the salt water, or maybe it was all the humidity, I really can say for sure. All I know is that my scalp is healthy for the first time in a long time, and I love it. I got my relaxer touch up last week with zero irritation or burning, and not one scab or scar. I really can't remember the last time that happened, but I am so grateful. I haven't changed any of my staple products or routines since being in the Atlantic Ocean so the water is the only trigger I can think of. I've found a few correlating anecdotes online from other Dermatitis sufferer's but no clinical research or documentation. All I know is if my dermatitis should return, I know the first thing I'll be looking for--if not a trip to the beach certainly a homemade salt water mix. In the mean time I'm going to enjoy fully enjoy a summer of a healthy scalp and growing hair.